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jazeera america. i'm ste -- stephanie sy. president obama is set to speak in a few minutes about the economy. >>> a top hezbollah leader is killed. the lebanese group says he was assassinated. ♪ >>> the u.s. economy is growing but so is the income gap between the rich and the poor. president obama will talk about how to change that and other aspects of the economy when he speaks at a washington think tank in just a few minutes. mike viqueira joins us from washington. mike, good morning, what are some of the main points the president is expected to address? >> reporter: you are right, the president turning a page now after the last two months healthcare.gov debacle. he is going to talk about the grows gap between rich and poor. it's not a new story or a new subject for president obama. he talked ariel castro it two years ago in a benchmark speech in kansas. and he spoke a little bit about in this year's state of the union. the top 1% in this country have seen their income triple over the course of the last 28 years, meanwhile the middle class has scene their income grow at a mod
and challenges remain. i'm ray sa suarez and that's the "inside story." ♪ >> president obama says the healthcare.gov website is significantly improved. the administration said the site can now handle 50,000 people at once and 800,000 users a day. that's on the could called front end as people browse the site. but the back end is still a work in progress. that's where the real business is as insurance companies and the federal government share info and you finish your purchase. on this edition of inside story we're going give the affordable care act and online exchanges a checkup with the deadlines approaching fast. the obama administration says the ailing website healthcare.gov is on the mend, and close to being cured of the bugs and glitches that had the president himself apologizing. >> what i'm going to do is make sure that we get it fixed. >> this weekend was president obama's sow-imposed deadline to make the site work. the department of health and human services announced a main online artery for americans to buy health insurance is working 90% of the time. more than 400 bugs in the syste
obama spoke about mandela minutes after his death was announced, here is what he said. >> we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. so it falls to us to be the example he set, to make decisions guarded not by haste, but by love. never discount the difference that one person can make. strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. >> . >> right now let's pause and give thanks the r the fact that nelson mandela lived, a pan who took history, in his hands. bent the arc of the moral universes towards justice, may god bless his memory, and keep him at peace. >> the president of the united states, again, live pictures in outside nelson mandela's home tonight, and here in new york, a live picture of the apollo theater, the same the venue in harlem, tonight the marque honors nelson mandela. here is a picture of the marque, we are getting ready for a live shot. we have consider spot don'ts automobile across the united states and the world. we also have guests hire in the studio, right now my colleague is here, talk a little bit about the incredible significance o
picketed with with them. we were there. >> we appreciate it. and president obama has paid tribute to the life of nelson mandela as well. >> that swept college campuses at that time, the first time he ever spoke to a public audience, he had said many times was on behalf of nelson mandela and the antiapartheid movement. he came to the briefing room, he spoke very eloquently. here is more of what he had to say. >> at his trial in 1964. nelson mandela closed a statement from the dock, says i have fought against white domination. uh it is an ideal which i hope to live for, and to achieve. but if needs be, it is an ideal for which i'm prepared to die. >> nelson mandela. made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. today he has gone home. and we have lost one of the most influential courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. >> as a newly elected senator in 2005, senator obama ma now president obama of course met with nelson mandela. in 2006, as a senator. barack
wife and supporters plan to go to the white house this afternoon, hoping to pressure president obama and gain gross's freedom. libby will you remind us about alan grossman, what he was doing in cuba when he was detained? >> reporter: sure, stephanie, when he was 60 years old from the d.c. suburbs, he was working in cuba for the u.s. agency for international development, in in work that was designed to help the jewish community in cuba get better access to the internet. they arrested him on his departure back to the d.c. area and convicted him of subversive communication in a project. and since that time his family has been fighting to get him out. >> we are also hearing that allan gross has made a personal plea to the president. >> that's right. he has written a letter and says he felt abandoned by his country. his wife had to sell their home, his career is essentially ruined. he spent 20 years doing develop work overseas, and he says that has all been destroyed now, and he feels, and the family feels that the obama administration could be doing more. he is a really a victim of an ol
by january 1st, the day that the affordable care act, and let's see if president obama still calls it obama-care, we haven't heard him use it lately, but this is crunch time. going back on offense and trying to turn the page over the last two months. we will also make an impact on how it is making a difference. the benefits of these protections will only accumulate in the weeks and months ahead. some of them i just mentioned. people gather near the white house today to call on president obama to do more to help treat allen gross. the american contractor has been held in a cuban prison for four years. he was there to set up internet service. but cuba says it was part of a blot to undermine its government. he was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in jail. libby casey joins us now, libby, what happened at the vigil that was held today. >> allen gross lives outside of d.c., and he was very involved in the jewish community, and what he had gone down to do was set up internet hubs. he was a sun con track for the u.s. government, the agency for international development. so judy gross, just says
. >> you i believe this is the challenging time of our tame. >> president obama said its time for a higher minimum wage. as the year winds down so does congress but big bills we main on the table. >>> and looking for a stolen truck carrying extremely dangerous radioactive material. >> the clock is ticking on the first session of the 113th congress. house is back in session bu sest the senate is still on break. libby casey joins us now from capitol hill with more. good afternoon, liby 2347 that's right, congress has a lot on its plate including the farm bill. if they don't get a farm bill passed it could cause a for the food stamp program and it could cause a problem for milk. the defense authorization act has to get passed, and unemployment benefits. long term unemployment benefits expired and they need to be renewed. president obama weighed in on that one. >> by the way, christmastime is not the time for congress to tell 1 million that they no lo longer have employment benefits. >> the senate comes in next week so there is still time to negotiate these big-ticket items but there is still
for the whole month of october. and president obama said the income gap between rich and poor americans keep growing. income inequality is jeopardizing the middle class. that's it with our stories. "real money" is nex next on al jazeera. ♪ >> bosses are hiring more workers. builders are selling more new homes. we're breaking down the numbers for signs that the economy may finally turning a corner. if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor as long as your doctor keeps your network. and how a small mistake from your past could come back and haunt your credit score. i'm ali velshi. this is "real money." ♪ >> this is "real money." you are the most important part of the show so join our live conversation for the next half hour by using this handle @aj real money. despite your lack of confidence, hear me out and then decide. we found out that new home sales jump 21.6% compared to last year. this comes with a high margin of error, even sow i so, it shows t the housing market has some legs to it. newly constructed homes make up 10% of the overall housing market. most homes are used. but u
, and barack obama said it time and again. >> the core of al qaeda is on the path to defeat. our nation is cure, and our homeland is safer. >> two important members of congress in a position to know, including a democratic ally of the president don't agree with him. i'm pleased to be joined by jane harman, a former democratic congress woman who served on department of homeland security commit he is and is director, president of the woodrow wilson international centre for scholars. great to have you with us. let's start with barack obama. he said on 9/11 that we are safer because we decimated al qaeda's core leadership. on sunday senator fienstein said something different. >> i think worldwide is up worldwide. statistics indicate that. fatalities are up. numbers are way up. there are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks ri enforced, bombs through mag ni tom eters. the bomb-makers are alive. there's more groups than ever and huge mal-esso lens. >> who is write, president obama or senator fienstein? >> they are both right. and i'm not kidding. let me say first it's a pleasure to be an al jazeera amer
of freedom. barack obama met nelson mandela in 2005, when barack obama was a senator. after one term as president nelson mandela stepped down. he did not slow his pace. his charitable foundation raised money for a number of causes. >> when south africa hosted the world cup tournament in 2010, he made his last public appearance. the crowd honoured him to thunderous ovation. >> his third wife, graca machel, former first lady of mozambique, was at his side during prostate cancer and lingering lung infections. >> never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. the sun never set on so glorious a human achievement. let freedom rain. god bless africa. >> nelson mandela, an enduring father of the new south africa dead at 95. >> nelson mandela's life work extended behind the native south africa. we sat with civil rights leader the reverend jessie jackson, and he drew parallels with his movement and the struggle in the u.s. >> there was a sameness about the struggle ther
the early morning, and we expect it to continue for many days. back in the united states president obama paid tribute to the life of nelson mandela, he ordered the flags at the white house to fly at half mast. let's hear more about the call to south african president jacob zuma. >> it was shortly after jacob zuma announced the passing of nelson mandela to south africa and the world that president obama took to the briefing room to talk about his reminiscenses and everything that nelson mandela meant to him. some time in the evening, you are right. the president placed a phone call to jacob zuma. he expressed condolences from himself and michelle obama. he called nelson mandela a man of kindness and humility, influencing his own life, and the president only met nelson mandela one time as a senator. he had visited south africa twice, once as a senator and once this past june with his family, unable to meet the ailing nelson mandela at this point. the president took to the briefing room, talked about the inspiration that nelson mandela was for him, talked about the anecdote. nelson mandela
and the remaining africans. >>> president obama joined leaders around the world in mourning the death of nelson mandela. the white house says the president and the first lady will travel to south africa to at ten the state funeral. the two met in 2005 when obama was a senator in illinois. the president travelled to south africa in june but he was too ill to meet with mandela. libby casey joins us now. >> gratitude and so much remembrance has come pouring in from all over washington. president obama recalled how as a young man he was first inspired to political action back in college by going to an anti apartheid rally. and he talked about the role model that mandela. the president yesterday remembered his words that nelson mandela said he wanted to see an ideal, a society where there was democracy and freedom for all. >> nelson mandela lived for that ideal, and he made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and said he has gone home. and we have lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he
think his mistake cost him his life. that is what we are hoping to change with the clemency from obama. this is huge for you and your family. >> what would you like president obama to know about you. >> i'm a cigarettes ya kris chra big mistake and if i get out i will give him no reason to regret it. >> what is his sentence of clemency. bpresident obama has been reluck reluctant to commute certain ses he has commuted one sen seven s. and his former lawye lawyer doet hold out a lot of hope. >> this is incredible. >> judges are yo ewe ew are uni. gl.d what does the attorney general's department say about this. there is it a move to take back control and put it back in the hands of judges. there has been reduction to ease the confusion between crack cocaine and cocaine powder but it has not gone far enough yet. there are thousands of prisoners in the federal system everyone of them costs $30,000 a year. on economic glound grounds alont makes sense you have to get this right ssments. this. >> this is not what is intended by imposing mandatory minimums. it's graphic and based on political v
come out. president obama had these statements. >> since 1979 our economy has more than doubled in size. but most of that growth has flowed to a fortunate few. the top 10% no longer takes in one-third of our income. it now takes half. whereas in the past the average ceo made 20 to 30 times the income of the average worker, today ceo now makes 273 times more. meanwhile, the family in the top 1% have a net worth of 288 times higher than the typical family, which is a record for this country. >> carl, if that's true and those numbers are out there, it's not really a screen of the type of economy that sustains as it is over time because it's a weakening of the middle class. >> that is a problem, and there is the stretching of the middle class. the arctics to any particular well, and then the longer term trend like the tax code. but the immediate cycle right know, you see low quality job creation in the early faces of the cycle. that's endemic. the reason for that is it was the low quality jobs that tended to be shed during the that time. >> we've really seen manufacturing jobs which are rea
there an hour. that is twice as much as many owner in the u.s. it comes after president obama says raising the minimum wage will not hurt jobs. last month a seattle suburb increased their wage to $15 an hour and that is by far the high over the in thhigh -- highest i. it's 2:00 and her five-hour shifted at kfc is over. she is off to pick up her joiningest sojoining -- youngesm daycare to head home. with no time to take off her uniform she heads to the kitchen to make a snack and help her older children with their homework. >> they look to me. they have no one else to look to. for the last five years she has been making $9.13 a 9.1317 an h. i'm the definition of working poor. she is barely able to cover the cost of living expenses. i receive food stamp benefits and subsidized daycare and my son is on wick. >> it's a federal program that offers food and healthcare for low income families. her main concern is providing stablity for her children. i'm focusing on taking care of them and making them happy and make sure they get the education so they don't have to work a fast food ra.t restaurant
companies joining forces to battle the nsa. >>> president obama is on his way to south africa. he is heading the u.s. delegation honoring nelson mandela. the president leaving on air force one just a few hours ago. former president george w. bush and his wife laura are also on board joining first lady michelle obama and the president. president's clinton and carter will attend the service scheduled for tuesday in south africa. george r. h.w bush is the only former president that will not be there. >>> alan is near johannesburg. he has more on how the people of south africa are remembering nelson mandela. and he's a father figure being honored in cities large and small 1234 absolutely, del, and people here and in nelson mandela square in the rain at 7:00 in south africa, a soggy evening, but it doesn't seem to offend the crowds much. they have been coming here constantly to the many tribute centers set up around the country for nelson mandela. now this is a very ritzy mall. this is really the heart of high-end retail in the city of johannesburg, and it is in one of the richest districts in th
dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe. >> at risk: president obama says the economic divide is threatening the future of the american middle class. >>> fast food walkout. minimum wage workers in 100 cities promise to hit the streets to demand higher pay. >> emergency response, what authorities are learning from the desperate 911 calls played dur the newtown massacre. >>> a brutal winter blast. we begin tonight with inequality in the economy and the dangers to young americans. president obama says 10% of the population is now taking home half of the nation's income. he warns the growing canyon between rich and poor is destroying the economy, and threatening the american dream. president obama -- >> the top 20%, has about a two in three chance of staying at or near the top. a child born into the bottom 20% has a less than one in 20 shot at making i.t. to th -- making o the top. he's ten times modifier likely to stay where he is. >> president obama states statistics that shows the average american income is shrinking. the president asked the congress to rais
>> considering that young people were among obama's biggest supporters, i think it's very significant. young people have been big victims with government getting bigger, taxes going up, what do you find in europe? very, very high levels of youth unemployment. hello? same thing's now happening to america's young people. i think the lack of upward mobility is a huge stachallenge, nots just for young people, for lower income people generally and obama thinks the answer is to make government bigger. >> that's, i think, what caused the problem. >> i want to get to that in a moment. david, based upon what we have seen, it seems he is not concerned about the did he hade let's listen to that. >> we should not be stuck in a stale debate from two years ago or three years ago. a relentlyly growing deficit of opportunity is a bigger threat to our future than our rapidly shrinking fiscal deficit. >> david, rapidly shrinking, the deficit is going down. $17 trilli $17 trillion debt and a deficit higher than the one he received from his predecessor? >> the debt is higher. we would be in m
is that obamacare is here to stay president obama urged americans to ignore republicans who the president says are routing for the affordable care abilit act to f. >> i have always said i will work with anybody to employment anemployment -- implement and improve this law effectively. >> deffectively. do you have good ideas in. bring them to me and let's go. it's part of a white house strategy to promote healthcare until december 23rd. mike viqueira was there at the president's speech and he joins us to the white house. >> we are not going back, john, that is what president obama said he was talking about the days before the affordable care ability when 41 million americans were uninsured. what the president was trying to do se essentially is saying we e not going back to the last two months. the president's healthcare.gov website where folks go on the individual market place to get insurance has been a disaster. and the president now believes that they have turned -- that is what he was trying to do is get back on offense here. he has nervous democrats and look being ingandlooking at whae gube
disciplined. he is in hospital and will be interviewed by ntsb investigators on wednesday. >> president obama will kick off a campaign tuesday to promote the benefits of the affordable care act. the white house issued new figures showing that healthcare.gov is running smoothly. the website will be tested in the next three weeks as americans race to beat the insurance sign-up deadline. al jazeera's mike viqueira has more from washington. >> there is good new and bad news when it comes to the beleaguered website healthcare.gov. a largely lost two months, and now many of problems are fix, and not a moment too soon. some statistics they came out with. on october 1st they set a total of six individuals successfully logged on and enrolled for health insurance under the affordable care act. the error rate was 6%. now as of november 30th - that was the target date, the error rate is less than 1%. now up to 800,000 individuals can log on to the website in any given day - 50,000 at one time. still, many of the problems persist. first, there are questions about security. the data of enrollees, folks tha
check check >> president obama focussing on income and equality, calling it a threat to the american people. he says the growing gap between the rich and the poor is a defining challenge of our time. mexican authorities recover a truck filled with radioactive material. it was feared the cobalt could be used to make a dirty bomb. >> fast food workers from coast to coast walk off the job in a bid to unionize >> focus is on a school's big fraternity community after an meningit. >> s outbreak. >> president obama in his campaign paused to focus on income disperty in america. in a speech president obama says he'll devote the rest of his term to addressing the widening gap between the rich and poor, calling it the defining challenge of our time. mike viqueira has more from the white house. >> the facts are beyond dispute and the president sought to highlight the growing gap between rich and pore, striking a populous thing. he was up to two themes, themes struck throughout the presidency, first and second term. he talked about the growing cap between rich and poor, and trying
on december 28th. >> what's the reason response to this. >> well, house speaker today said if president obama has a plan on paper to extend them, he will take a look at it, so that is a little bit of a hint of some potential break through, however, he reviewed the republican perspective of it's about the economy, and we have a plan to improve the economy, and that's not related to social benefit programs. >> that we create more american jobs and better american wages. the republicans continue to focus on strengthening the economy for middle class families. that's why we passed nearly 150 bills many of them will help our economy, they are still sitting in the united states senate. so you hear a difference, how republicans approach things and democrats approach things. he also used his time to rail against obama-care, the federal healthcare law, he says that's one of the other priorities that and getting the economy going less so than working on the unemployment benefit issue. >> and torment, the labor department releases the november employment numbers. stick with al jazeera america for full c
the georgetown. and president obama came to see him. so it is a lifetime of inspiration, there are obvious parallels. of course, his father from the continent of africa, them son mandela, the president being the first african-american president, it's almost too obvious to point out the deep rest nantz there. between these two men. and obviously someone that president obama looked up to a great deal. >> mike, appreciate that, thank you. >> joining us now he is a professor from ucla.'s goo, one of the real joys of this moment, is going to be had a personal association. with nelson mandela if you want to take a look with the former south african president. >> well, i have known about nelson mandela since i started studying and he had always been promptly inspirational. i met him for the first time after he had been released from prison. for all of that time in the 70's and 80's he was in prison. i was struck particularly by 1 point that president obama just made. he did indeed take action with the demonstration about apartheid. i think it was in 1981. many people have had a different time fro
. president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa for nelson mandela's memorial service next week. >> hello, welcome no al jazeera america, i'm morgan radford live from new york city. reinforcements on the town in trying to end the violence. nearly 400 people have been killed in the fighting in the past three days. france is dispatching more than 1,000 troops and the african union plans to double its forces. 10,000 have fled the capital. officials ordered everyone off the streets of bangui. for the latest on the crisis we start in bangui. a warning - you may find some of these images disturbing. >> french soldiers on food patrol in bangui. this is new to the city and welcomeded by men. they are here to reassure people enough to open up shops. at the moment there's no food or medicine. there's little the french can do about the growing sectarian violence between muslims and christians. >> translation: we muslims have been here for 200 years. they are killing us every day. anti-balaka christians killed more than 200. >> this is where many christiansar sheltering, close to the b
service will be held on tuesday with president obama, george w. bush, and jimmy carter. the man defending nelson mandela's yisent is also speaking out. mike hanna sat with him to talk about the unique relationship. >> there was an excessive part of the government that get-nelson mandela in gaol, and he served under nelson mandela in the first democratic cabinet. as u.n. ambassador and foreign minister, it was his task to publicly defend the yisent of nelson mandela and other political opponents. privately he maintains he lobbied for nelson mandela's release. >> in 1982 i submitted a memorandum prepared by my department. and to the effect that nelson mandela ought to be released. we were making a bigger martyr of you every day stays in prison. that is international. and status. would be growing to an extent where he would not be able to handle it. eight years later nelson mandela became a free man. here you had a man who spent 27 years in prison and the day he was released. he displayed the - he displayed the cuban and energy to the person. who has been a president before. amazing what th
.u. >> and a day of prayer for nelson mandela. president obama and two former presidents expected to attend the memorial service for the late former president. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. as a power struggle grips thailand the prime minister calls for fresh elections. the thousands of protesters in the capital say it's not enough. wayne hay has the latest from bangkok. >> there's no indication from the anti-government protesters that the announcement from the prime minister yingluck shinawatra, that she will dissolve parliament. the goals have changed. they said they would accept the solution and the resignation of the prime minister. that changed into the goal being the removal of the thaksin shinawatra regime - referring to the former prime minister ousted in a coup in 2006 and lives in self-impressed exile. his cysister, yingluck shinawat is the prime minister at the moment. >> at the moment they are continuing a push towards of the office of the prime minister, government house, where they say this will be their final attempt to remove this go. . >> wayne hay rep
battle over minimum wage has largely stalled. president obama promised to raise the minimum wage. >> no one who works full time should have to live in poverty and raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour. we should be able to get that done. >> reporter: congressional republicans have generally been against the move. in reaction to obama's pledge house speaker john boehner said when you raise the price of employment guess what happens, you get less of it. why would we want to make is harder for small employerers to hire people. tuesday's vote was an unanimous 13-0. as for all d.c. laws it will need to be approved by congress. if that happens, d.c.'s minimum wage will gradually become $4 more than the federal level. niya hopes that extra money in her paycheck will bring a better life to herself and her son. >> joining us now, heidi, an economist with the economic policy institute where she focuses on the low-wage labor market. and from los angeles, writer and senior fell low at the campaign for america's future, and mark wilson, he served as deputy assistant secretary for emplo
you very much. >> all righty. >> president obama is heading to south africa to head the delegation hong honoring former president nelson mandela. with him are first lady michelle obama and presidents clinton and carter are expected to attend the services. george h.w. bush will be the only living u.s. president who will not be in attendance. the town where the former president grew up, workers are setting up a massive dome ahead of the state funeral which takes place on sunday. nelson mandela will lie in state at pretoria. from wednesday through sun. desmond tutu, the nelson mandela center, hosting a service to celebrate the iconic leader. as allen schauffler, reports: >> this is nelson mandela square one of the tribute sites set up around this country. it is also the heart of high end retail in johannesburg in one of the richest districts in this country. and as we found out today, many of the people who work in this neighborhood as you might expect live in a very different world. mandela square mall in santon, some of the most expensive retail space in jofg. part of the sidewalk g
healthcare site has given the obama administration lots of bad press. now the president is focusing on the rest of the affordable care act. we have the latest from the white house. >>> also amazing the man who spent three days trapped i in a sunken ship 100 feet below the ocean next. tÑ >> we have breaking. the pentagon has temporarily stopped using a route to send cargo into afghanistan. officials saying there are other routes to more cargo into and out of afghanistan. >>> detroit is bankrupt. a judge cleared the way today for what is now the largest municipal bankruptcy in u.s. history. the city is $18 billion in debt. it could mean severe cuts for retired city workers who relied on pensions. >>> french scientists have thrown a new twist in the yasser arafat story. forensic team reported that the palestinian leader did not die from radioactive poisoning. the report contra-ducts an earlier report from a swiss team, who claims that it was due to a political assassination. >>> the engineer involved in the new york train derailment found himself nodding before the train jumped the tr
the sandy hook elementary school shootings. >> the u.s. economy is growing but today president obama said the income gap between rich and poor americans is growing, too, and he's calling on washington to address the problem. >> a dangerous and growing inequality of upward mobility that jeopardy disease america's basic bargain, if you work hard you have a chance to get ahead. i believe this is the defining challenge of our time. making sure that our economy works for every working everyone. >> oonjonathan betz is here wita breakdown. >> the rich is getting richer and the poor is getting poorer, we hear it all the time, but what does it mean? last year's median income is $51,000 but that's down from the year before. and it's down if you adjust for inflation. almost all the money being made is going to the very rich. the income of the top 1% of the population grew by close to 51%. money is being made, but only for about 1.5 million people. yet for everyone else, 99% of the pop laying, their salaries have barely moved in four years. less than 1%. the richest are taking home the most since the
he call with president barack obama. the first time contact was made with an american leader in decades. he uses soak social media to congratulate sports teams. we are hoping to ensure equal opportunity. we have a public relations trainer and consultant who has been to iran for a pr conference. joining us now live, do you think it's what you said and others said at this conference that got the message through to the president that the times are a changing. >> i think it's something that the president was all right -- g if you look at what has been happening over the last few months. there is an increasing presence of his profile. it's aimed at a global audience as opposed to a domestic audience. what happens when people poke fun at someone modernizing when it doesn't suit them. i speak of putin taking his shifshirt off and flexing his p. and everyone says yeah, yeah, yeah fnlt. >> it's easier to poke fun at that if it was not genuine. but the president does genuine i will go hiking and putin is a genuine man of action i think that works better than when political leaders pret
at the sandy hook elementary school. and president obama discussed the gap between rich and poor. and this congress goes down known as the least productive. >>> a florida high school placed on high school after a shooting. one student has been injured at west orange high school outside of arsenal. the school's principal said student had been shot and was en route to the hospital. law enforcement officers were at the scene and they were observing all safety procedures. we'll bring you more information as we get it. >>> in a matter of just ten days the nation will mark the one year anniversary of the sandy hook massacre. today brought a painful remind reminder. prosecutors have released 911 called. al jazeera will not air those calls. >> reporter: we did listen to seven calls shortly after fires were shot inside sandy hook elementary school. a woman called the police dispatcher and said she had glimpsed someone running down the hall with a gun saying they were still shooting. and glass had been shot out but the school was on lock down. officers entered the school nine minutes after
of freedom. president obama met mandela once in 2005, when obama was a senator. after one term as president mandela stepped down. he did not slow his pace. his charitable foundation raised money for a variety of causes. when south africa hosted soccer's world cup tournament in july 2010 he made his last major public appearance at the final game. the crowd honoured him with a thunderous ovation. his third wife, grassa michelle, the former first lady of mozambique was at his side during his battles with prostate cancer and lung infections that hospitalized him in the end. >> never, and never again, that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another, and suffer the indignity of being the scum of the world. the sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement. god bless africa. thank you. nelson mandela dead at 95. >> let's get to the white house, mike viqueira is the white house correspondent and he has reaction from president obama to the death of nelson mandela. mike? >> about 50 minutes ago president obama came into the james brady briefing room. no secret
. after nearly two months of harsh criticism the obama administration said healthcare.gov website took a giant step forward and ready for the next big test and al jaze a jazeera's and erica is live. >> the obama administration met the deadline and the site works more than 90% of the time and up from 40% when it was launched two months ago. >> the bottom line healthcare.gov on december 1st is night and day from where it was on october 1st. >> reporter: that is president obama special advisor in charge of fixing the website that was originally bogged down with hundreds of bugs. the white house says dramatic progress has been made with the site performing with private sector velocity and a lower error rate and capacity to handle 50,000 visitors at once and if it's too busy there is a virtual waiting room that will e-mail you when it's less crowded. the new report shows administration hit the big benchmark. >> 50,000 at one time, 800,000 people a day. look this will take some time before it's up and kicking in full gear. i think what we have to look at is those states where you have well
the long walk to freedom is a little shorter thanks to tata. >> meanwhile president obama has called nelson mandela's wife to express condolences. >> the president and first lady will go to south africa for memorial event next week. nelson mandela met president obama in 2005. former presidents cloipt clinton and bush will travel to south africa. >> let's here about the event for the week ahead. >> south africa is preparing a week of events. flags fly at half mast. sunday is designated as a national day of prayer and reflection. the nation's people are asked to remember nelson mandela in their thoughts and prayers. tuesday the 10th is the next most important day. the day when the national memorial service will be held at the soccer city stadium. it conceded 95,000 people. it was the site of the 2012 world cup final and known as the kalabash. it's a cooking pot shaped in the form of a cooking pot. wednesday to friday nelson mandela's body will lie in state in the union building in pretoria. that's the official residents of the current president jacob zuma. there'll be many memorial services t
. the satellite radar tracking other storms. we'll have that later. >> after months of harsh criticism the obama administration announced it has met it's deadline to get the healthcare.gov website working but they warn it's still in progress. >> the bottom line of healthcare.gov from december 1st is night and day from where it was on octobe october 1st. >> fixing the website that was originally bogged down with hundreds of bugs. the white house said dramatic progress has been made with this site now performing with private sectors. this site has a lower error rate with capacity to handle 50,000 visit hvisitors at once. if it's busy there is a virtual waiting room that will e-mail you when it's less crowded. >> 50,000 people at one time. 800,000 people a day. look, this is going to take some time before it's up and kicking in full gear. >> reporter: for some republicans the problem is with obamacare itself. >> you have 15% of the pollalation that didn't have health insurance when it started, and we think that number was high. we think it was closer to 10. they disrupted it for the 85% who had h
will be looking at. >> lisa stark thank you. >> thank you. >> in other news, the obama administration says the health insurance website has vastly improved. the administration has spent two months fixing the glitches in the health care reform law. mike viqueria, are all the problems fixed? >> well, not all the problems are fixed but the white house spokesman just moments ago jay carney speaking for the president believes that the website has significantly improved and they have met their threshold for the vast majority of citizens who sign on. 90% will have a successful experience and will be able to enroll through the website. night and day is how the top official that the president put in charge of having this website up and functioning by november 30th, last saturday, says the difference is between october 1st, and the end of november. the problem is, that it's two months, two months that were virtually lost where people could not enroll on the website and now it's crunch time. some of the other metrics they put out, the error rate is less than 1%, when earlier i.t. was 6%, other websit
he continue to see that. thank you. >> the obama administration said it has met it's deadline to fix the healthcare.gov website. the administration promised all would be well in november. we will gather to the white house with more details, mike, this was a big deadline for the administration. are all the problems with the website solved? >> reporter: they aren't all solved but they say its like night and day after that disastrous launch of octobe october 1st. they cite certain benchmarks, certain metrics, error rates down to 1%. they were 6% at the outset of this debacle in the estimation of administration officials. as many as 800,000 a day and they achieved 90% functionality. you recall that by the end of last month, november 31st they had promised an 80% functionality. by their own estimation they have exceeded that. but that's by their own estimation. for the time being we'll have to take their word for it. it's all a anecdotal at this point. there are questions about the website's security when people are entering sensitive personal information and data, and about insurers on
, and president obama has been very good about pushing for high speed rail. i believe he allocated some $50 billion in his budget, but none of it has been expended yet because we really don't have a plan for a high speed rail system except for the one in california. so it's segments that we will of high speed rail, but we won't have a coordinated planned national high speed rail system. >> do thest coast-run trains from boston to washington, d.c. and often what you hear from congress is well, amtrak is losing money. well, amtrak has an operation does lose money. but when you separate answered kind of train operation into two factors, the transfer cost and operating costs. and that's how other countries treat their brain systems. in japan and france, they have operating companies that make money on their train system. but the capital investment is made by their governments. so the train operating companies are now bearing those costs. here we're expecting amtrak to bear both operating as well as capital costs, and it does require a lot of subsidy to them. >> at some point are we sometimes fo
house many called on president obama to help free alan gross. he has been held in a cuban prison for four years is facing a 15-year prison. >>> forensic scientists in fran say yasser arafat died of natural causes and was not poisons which contradict swiss findings that found high levels of polonium. >>> thailand's prime minister yingluck shinawatra has alreadied police to stott fighting with protesters. david shuster i is in for ali velshi. >> public pensions are on the chopping block. tonight a landmark ruling for detroit. a new legislation in illinois will have big i a implications r retirees and pensioners everywhere. >>> the seismic shift making pushy car dealers the thing of the past. i'm david shuster in for ali velshi. and this is "real money." >> this is real money, and you are the most important part of the show. so join our live conversation for the next half hour on twitter @aj real money. today the city of detroit got the go ahead from a federal judge to shed billions of dollars in debt in the largest bankruptcy in u.s. history. the national implications are huge beca
died in ice custody. the obama administration announced they would reform the system. among ice officials, broward is held up as a model of that reform. >> what you'll see in broward as compared to certainly a county jail or some of our other more secure detention facility is a lot of freedom of movement, you see an interior space where people when they leave their rooms and they're housed in rooms rather than cells are pretty much free to walk anywhere between the perimeter of the -- within the perimeter of the building including outside. >> relatively speaking it looks great, it's probably the facility where most people want to be if they have to be in detention. but it's certainly not an alternative to detention which we were being told by officials it was, when it first opened. >> cheryl has been defending immigrant rights,. >> 80% of immigrants from detention have no attorney and no right to an attorney. >> how can you be in the legal system and not be entitled to an attorney? isn't it a guarantee? >> it's a guarantee if you are in criminal court. it's not a guarantee if yo
, "we are not there to be bitten, not the tongue", and he never did. >> u.s. president barack obama has been defending his flag ship health care law. there has been problems with the website allowing people to buy medical insurance. as a result his personal approval ratings plummeted. obama says the affordable care act will be worth it. >> the u.s. city of detroit has been given the go ahead. it's a blow to trade unions who travel the decision, which paves the way to spending cuts. it's an attempt to pay off some of the $18 billion debt. >> india is refusing to bundle on food subsidies as negotiations to finalise a trade deal continues as a world trade organization summit in indonesia. hundreds of protesters held demonstrations outside the conference in bali, angry that a deal could lead to the elimination of subsidies. >> south korea's president opened an international fund to help those countries most vulnerable to climate change. >> it is expected to help pour nations reduce greenhouse gas emissions. the money from the fund is supposed to come from the rich countries. only sea has co
and the role of deposit. so even today president obama referenced pope francis on a major speech on inequality. i think this pope is breaking through with a moral message that's going to have an impact on our political debate. >> ster janine how is his message playing in political circles? >> his message basically i think he says it very well in his apostolic letter that he issued a few weeks ago where he says if a person, those who are rich if they do not share their goods they're really stealing from the poor. he talking about the common good, that the earth and the goods of the earth are for all of us. and we need to be concerned, and share what we have. and i think this message, really, is getting through to all of us. politicians included, to wake us up, to prick our conscience. and you know, that's what he is doing. he is pricking our conscience. to think about the things that we haven't thought about before. >> well sister on twitter steve says you know what, the pope knows his comments are popular in this aiming of austerity he makes them to deflect from a scandal ridden society, in my
. president obama met nelson mandela in 2005 and will travel to south africa to attend memorial services. he'll be joined by former presidents bill clinton and george bush. >> 2013 is poised to be the best year for hire since 2005, before the recession. year low and is at 7%.l to a of the u.s. economy gained more jobs than it expected, adding 203,000 positions just last month. the gains were low spread in low and high-earning positions. mike viqueira has more from the white house. >> new unemployment figures are good news for the white house, they've been waiting for this for some time, and whether it matters economically or to many people, millions out of work and those what have given up looking for work. it's good news for the barack obama administration. with unemployment insurance to expire for 1.3 million if condepress doesn't act by the end. month, the white house is stuck in an ironic situation. they are arguing for an end to the cut if growth improves, gdp, in the last court, and down to 7% on friday, the lowest in five years. the administration says unemployment insurance has to be
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